What to do with old iPads

So, you've taken the plunge and upgraded to a lightning fast new iPad Pro or iPad Air with a retina display. It's a blast getting it set up and optimized, and exploring all of the wondrous things it can do.

In the meantime, your old iPad is sitting in the drawer, collecting dust. Is that any way to treat a device that's been your constant companion through thickand thin over the years? It doesn't have to be that way, below are some great ideas on how you can repurpose old iPads.

The Best Digital Picture Frame Ever

You've probably seen those cheesy digital photo frames in your local big box store. They are advertised as simple to set-up and use, but can prove to be anything but easy. Here comes your dusty old iPad to the rescue. By using the Photosapp slideshow feature, picture frame mode or any number of other great apps, you can set up the coolest digital picture frame ever. Just put your old iPad into an iFrame to create a beautiful photo display on your desk, mantle, table - or even hang it on the wall. Check out our ultimate digital photo frame guide for how-to set it up. Not only do we promise that you'll love it, but that it is super easy to set up.

Your Own Personal Sous Chef

Okay, used iPads obviously can't chop, dice or slice, (although that would be nice) but they can put a wealth of information at your fingertips in the kitchen, right where you need it. We like to use Evernote to save and organize recipes, and there are a number of excellent food apps that integrate well with it. You should also check out Lifehacker's list of best recipe collection apps. Reusing old iPads in the kitchen doesn't end there. You can access demonstration videos, your favorite food blogs, search for ingredient substitutes and so much more right at your fingertips without ever leaving the kitchen. Bon app'tit!

A Weather Station Like No Other

Whether you're a professional or hobbyist who absolutely must stay on top of changing weather conditions, or perhaps you are fascinated by meteorology, or maybe simply want to have a good handle on what to expect for the day, used iPadscan give you a wealth of detail. We like the free WunderStation app, but there are dozens of others available. Place your iPad on the wall in an iFrame and you'll have the most attractive weather stationon the block. If sky gazing is your thing, here's an article with some of the best astronomy apps available, especially for the iPad.

Read, Baby, Read

Using old iPads for a dedicated eBook and magazine reader seems like a natural choice. This article highlights some of the best apps for power readers. Another option is using it to keep up with your favorite blogs and news sites along with Feedly. The iPad app integrates with the web version, so you can keep your feed reading up to date wherever you go no matter which device you are on.

Serve It Up

You can also use your old iPad as a dedicated media server. For audio, connect = by Bluetooth or AirPlay to some nice powered speak= ers and you can have your entire music library and favorite services blasting within minutes. Or you can pair it to an AppleTV and make it easier to surf YouTube. You can even serve up videos from Amazon and other sites that aren't supported by the set-top box.

Objects In Sideview Are As Close As You Want Them

If you've ever wanted a second monitor for work, but didn't want the extra exp= ense (or didn't have the space), your old iPad is the perfect alternative. Place= it in an iFrame alongside your desktop or notebook, and keep track of emails, feeds or whatever you'd like in the secondary monitor. We like Air Display for older versions of iOS, though they have an updated vers= ion for new iPads as well.

Monitor Your Home

Apps like Presence can put your old iPad to use as a top-notch security camera and motion detector. Use it to check on your home while you're away, keep an eye on the kids while they're playing in another room, or even set up motion-detected alerts.

Precision Control At Your Fingertips

Whether you go full Smarthome, or just want a convenient way to set your thermostat, used iPads make excellent automated home control units. Conserve power and save money all while keeping your home more comfortable and secure. We especially like the Nest app and it's FREE.

The Possibilities are Endless

These are just a few of the cool things you can do using old iPads. But, whatever you do, don't leave your old companion stuck in a drawer or boxed up in the attic. It's waiting for you to put it to good use.

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